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Serena Stalker Arrested....AGAIN
Alleged stalker of Serena Williams arrested at U.S. Open
By LARRY McSHANE
Associated Press Writer
August 31, 2002
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just weeks after his arrest for scuffling with police at Wimbledon, a German man was arrested again Saturday at the U.S. Open and charged with stalking top-seeded player Serena Williams.
Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, was taken into custody after a police officer spotted him watching Williams through a fence at the U.S. Tennis Center, said police spokesman Detective Louis Camacho.
Stromeyer, who lives with his parents in Frankfurt, was charged with stalking the tennis star, Camacho said. Authorities said he had been following Williams around the world since June 2001.
According to Camacho, Officer Michael Esposito recognized Stromeyer on Friday afternoon from a photo given to police by Williams' manager. Esposito took the suspect to the U.S. Tennis Association security officer, where Stromeyer's identity was confirmed.
He was arrested and charged shortly after midnight.
While Stromeyer was in custody Friday, Serena Williams moved into the fourth round of the Open by easily defeating No. 26 Nathalie Dechy 6-1, 6-1.
Williams practiced on Saturday morning, but apparently left the grounds before Stromeyer's arrest became public. She was not scheduled to play Saturday.
Stromeyer has followed Williams to tournaments in Germany, Italy, Britain and France, authorities said. He was arrested July 3 outside the gates of Wimbledon after an altercation with police.
After his arrest, Stromeyer told police, ``I don't hate (Serena Williams). I love her. I will never hurt her.''
During the Italian Open in May, police stopped Stromeyer and ordered him out of the country after receiving word of the suspect's history of allegedly harassing Williams.
Two months earlier, Stromeyer walked into an Arizona hotel-resort where Williams was playing and asked to see her. When he was turned down, Stromeyer began undressing in front of the desk clerk.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
Williams' mother, Oracene, has also reported seeing Stromeyer at a Berlin tournament in May and at the French Open in June.